Where to find the best afternoon tea

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Afternoon tea is one of Britain’s most treasured institutions – and with good reason. There’s little better to warm the soul more than some tea, cake and sandwiches as the day is winding down, with some pretty tea cups and a scenic backdrop to set the mood.

If you’re looking for an amazing afternoon tea experience, we’ve rounded up some of the best spots for it in the country.

Betty’s, York

For many people, Betty’s is synonymous with York. This classic tea room was founded in 1919, and it is the quintessential spot for afternoon teas and other celebrations in North Yorkshire. Betty’s gets very busy – there’s often a queue out the door – so make sure you reserve a table in advance. Afternoon tea costs £18.75 per person; add a glass of Champagne, and it’s £26.50. Find more here

The Goring, London

In 2013, The Goring was given the Top London Afternoon Tea Award by the UK Tea Guild, so you can be sure it’s worth your time. Located in Belgravia, it’s a short walk from Buckingham Palace at St James’ Park, and you can be sure that it’s suitably regal in setting – and, naturally, price. Traditional afternoon tea starts at £42.50, while Bollinger afternoon tea starts at £52.50. Find more here

The Balmoral, Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Balmoral is the city’s most iconic hotel: it’s home to the formidable clock tower that sits at the East End of Princes Street. Afternoon tea is served in the stunningly opulent Palm Court; it costs £29 on weekdays and £35 at weekends. The Spa underneath is wonderful as well: book a treatment for just before your afternoon tea to make the most of a day at the hotel. Find more here

Blythswood Square, Glasgow

On a shopping break in Glasgow? Get a table at Blythswood Square to enjoy some post-shopping relaxation at the city’s most elegant hotel. Here, there are a few different, delicious menus to choose from. Afternoon tea is priced at £22 but you can add on a glass of Moet or Chandon champagne too. And remember, you can’t reserve a table at weekends so be prepared to wait. Find more here

The Lowry Hotel, Manchester

Just a short walk from the shops of Deansgate, The Lowry Hotel is one of Manchester’s most stylish places to eat, drink and stay. Afternoon tea is served from 2.15-4pm on Monday-Saturday and 3.15-5pm on Sundays. It’s priced at £22 (£33 with Champagne) and the menu changes every month, so you can be sure that it’ll be different every time you visit. Find more here

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patrington
2nd Jun 2015
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The Ravenscar hotel near Scarborough is value for money old fashioned tea & cake for only £ 3.50. Fantastic surroundings. Great views outside or in winter sit by a log fire in a chesterfield chair. Very civilised!!!
keithd52
23rd May 2015
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Willow Tea Rooms Glasgow for a unique afternoon tea experience in a Rennie Macintosh designed interior.
http://www.willowtearooms.co.uk
Or
The Southern Cross Tea rooms for a Devon Cream Tea
http://www.southerncrossdevon.co.uk
angie133
23rd May 2015
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Monkey Island Hotel, Bray, Maidenhead, Berkshire do the best cream teas.
isabella G
22nd May 2015
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Cups Tearoom, Scrabster, Caithness. Can't go much further north in the UK without getting your feet wet but worth the journey just to sampleMrs Cups home baking - the best of cakes, scones. The yummiest of Birthday, Wedding and any speciality cake you can think of.
GeorgieT
22nd May 2015
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The Athenaeum in Piccadilly, London won the award in 2012 and is not only excellent but also a lot cheaper than most of the London hotel teas.
rosie1
22nd May 2015
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The Roman Camp hotel in Callender serves the best afternoon tea We have ever had, in lovely surroundings.
barbara1941
22nd May 2015
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The tea station, 135 station road, Degangwy, lovely tea room
Soozie63
22nd May 2015
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Amazon Local have some great deals for afternoon Tea. We have had some lovely teas through them.
PaulaH
22nd May 2015
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None of those come close to the wonderful afternoon tea at Gleneagles which is really special. Afternoon tea at Atmosphere in Dubai is wonderful and provides a panoramic view as well.
Chris Bristow
22nd May 2015
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Oakley Court Hotel on the River Thames, just outside Windsor they serve the best afternoon tea!!!!
Winnie Poo
22nd May 2015
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My best place ... enjoying afternoon tea with lovely homemade cakes with my beautiful mum age 92 at her nursing home reliving her old memories and having a laugh together
beachbabe
22nd May 2015
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Bodysgallen Hall LLandudno is my favourite..scrumptious

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